BOULDER JUNCTION - Hundreds of people celebrated in Boulder Junction Sunday as the town marked its 58th Annual Musky Jamboree as well as the Musky Day Fly-In Event.
"It's a huge day for us," said Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce executive director Theresa Smith.
About 10,000 people filled the streets in Boulder Junction Sunday.
"We're about 1,000 people, just under. About half of them leave for the winter. We're a small town, but we can throw a big event," Smith said.
The 58th Annual Musky Jamboree kicked off with arts and craft, a car show, vendors galore and of course carvings of muskies.
"All the businesses, they come outside, the service organizations are here, the residents are here and everybody's just getting together, having a good time," said Smith. "The arts and crafts are a big draw, but it's just a big ol party."
A couple of blocks down the street at the Boulder Junction Airport, pilots flew in for a dedication for a man who put so much into the airport.
"A gentleman named Bob Payzer put this fly-in on 15 years ago," said EAA Chapter 75 President Steve Krueger. "It started just to develop activity at the airport and also contribute to festivities downtown."
Payzer passed away three and half years ago, but his contribution to the airport still lives strong.
"Bob was very instrumental in improving the airport with the grass cutting operation. He contributed financially to keep the airport going and he loved aviation and had a very good passion for aviation," Krueger said. "That's how this all started. So we're continuing that progress with Bob's vision."
With 81 pilots stopping by Sunday, some might say he's already accomplished a lot.
WAUSAU - Drugs led to four arrests and one death in north-central Wisconsin on Monday.
The Marathon County Sheriff's Office reports a 37-year-old Shawano man died after apparently overdosing on methamphetamine.
Witnesses say 37-year-old Lucas Groshek and his wife, Carolyn, were shaking and convulsing in a car in the eastern Marathon County town of Norrie. Mr. Groshek died before getting to the hospital. Mrs. Groshek, 33, is in stable condition as of Tuesday afternoon.
RHINELANDER - Three decades-old signs greet people coming into Rhinelander from various sides. But if you drive past them every day, you likely don't even notice them. Rhinelander wants to make sure those old signs stand out.
Several Republican senators, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), have said they're not ready to vote.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says he supports Johnson on this.
"We've given Senator Johnson some suggestions," Walker said. "I think he wants to vote for it, he made the promise when he ran in '10 and then last year in 2016 that he would vote to repeal it, he wants to do that, he just wants to make sure that the repeal ultimately ends up serving the people of Wisconsin well."
Both Democratic and Republican senators say they have issues with the bill.
Some Republicans say the bill doesn't get rid of enough of the Affordable Care Act.
Democrats worry about Medicaid cuts.
Walker says he wants Wisconsin to continue to do what it does well in healthcare.
"What I've asked Senator Johnson is help us do the things we've been successful at," Walker said. "We're a top ten state when it comes to access for healthcare for citizens, we're a top ten state with the quality of our healthcare systems. We want to maintain that going forward."
On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office said the new bill would cause 22 million Americans to be uninsured.
Johnson put out a statement Tuesday saying he was glad there won't be a vote this week.
WAUSAU - Many of us try to honor our veterans whenever we can.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) added one more way.
The Governor visited several veteran-owned businesses across the state Tuesday for Veteran-Owned Business Day.
Tuesday afternoon he stopped at Prosthetic Orthotic Center in Wausau.
He says veteran-owned businesses are good for other veterans and the economy.
"We found statistically that veterans are about 30 percent more likely to hire fellow veterans as employees," Walker said. "So it's good all the way around."
If you are a veteran-owned business, you can register with the state at WisVets.com
That way you can get a decal that says Wisconsin Veteran-Owned for your business window or door.
You also get listed in a state veteran-owned business directory.
"We're branding it, letting the public know that businesses that are owned by veterans, letting them know whether it's in a sign in their window or whether it's on the website, or other ways that we can draw attention," Walker said.
About 390,000 veterans live in Wisconsin, and about 11 percent of the state's businesses are veteran-owned.
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